9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2482 times:
A California woman is going ahead with the construction of a house made of elements from a 747 Jumbo jet.
The wing of the Boeing jet will be used for the roof, its nose as a meditation temple while its trademark "bulge" will serve as a loft.
The plane's parts were obtained from an aeroplane scrap yard in California.
They cost around $100,000 (£56,000) to purchase, while the construction of the project, which is expected to start in June, is thought likely to cost several million dollars by the time it is completed.
Ms Rehwald's family owns one of California's largest Mercedes-Benz dealerships.
The property will be set on a 55-acre (22-ha) piece of land on the remote Malibu hills, looking out onto a nearby mountain range, a valley and the Pacific Ocean.
Gilligan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2450 times:
Quoting 9VSPO (Thread starter): The property will be set on a 55-acre (22-ha) piece of land on the remote Malibu hills, looking out onto a nearby mountain range, a valley and the Pacific Ocean.
Wonder if she knows that aluminum burns real good?
Not too many years ago someone was selling 727 fuselages on pedestals in a lake in Tennessee. The fuselage was mounted on a spindle that would let it rotate with the prevailing wind. The ad touted that you would wake up every morning to a different view!
FlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2316 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2405 times:
I remember a few years ago I wanted to live in one of those ex VS 747s out in VCV. I'd have left it pretty much as it was and just made a few internal mods (like adding a few bits to the galley etc...) I'd have been the real 'birdman' lol
still I also wanted to fill my garden with airplane parts, even priced up a DC-10 engine cowl of all things!!!!
It should be noted I've matured a bit since then, hell I've had serious girlfriends since those days
Lifes a train racing towards you, now you can either run away or grab a chair & a beer and watch it come - Phil
TedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2333 times:
Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 6): what's the point in chopping it up?
To make it cheaper to move.
If I sky crane could move an intact 747 this would not be a problem. Considering it can't, the chances of moving it by road to anywhere 'usefull' intact is nil. the only way to move it somewhere usefull and 'inexpensively' is to cut it down to the point were it can be moved by road or sky crane.
I would love to do this myself, but as my lot is spacious enough for the kids to run around un restricted, it's still not big enough for anything with wings over 50' without violating code.